Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Mar 2006 22:51 UTC
Legal French lawmakers approved an online copyright bill Tuesday that would require Apple to break open the exclusive format behind its market-leading iTunes music store and iPod players. The draft law - which also sets new penalties for music pirates - would force Apple, Sony, and others to share proprietary copy-protection technologies so that rivals can offer compatible services and players. An analyst expects that Apple is more likely to leave the French market, than to open its format in France. My take: Just buy CDs. They play in every CD player, and have no weird restrictions. In case you forgot, CDs look like this.
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This one is a blast
by ronaldst on Tue 21st Mar 2006 23:17 UTC
ronaldst
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2005-06-29

A spokesman for Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, who backed the crucial amendments, dismissed suggestions that the bill would unfairly damage Apple

Apple bent over backwards to make it's store available to french citizen and easily accessible. The competition still has got their 2 fingers stuck into their nose and the government decides to punish the successful one.

Sti qui sont niaiseux les politiciens francais. Crisse d'épais de socialistes.

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RE: This one is a blast
by marrakis on Wed 22nd Mar 2006 03:30 in reply to "This one is a blast"
marrakis Member since:
2006-02-03

Come on, lets take it easy.

Sont pas si niaiseux les politiciens francais.

Si y parlent d'appel c parce que c'est le cas le plus connus et un des seuls qui offre le service chez eux. Cristie sont pas pour fesser sur napster quand napster existe même pas en France!

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RE[2]: This one is a blast
by ronaldst on Wed 22nd Mar 2006 05:56 in reply to "RE: This one is a blast"
ronaldst Member since:
2005-06-29

Si y parlent d'appel c parce que c'est le cas le plus connus et un des seuls qui offre le service chez eux. Cristie sont pas pour fesser sur napster quand napster existe même pas en France!

And that makes it ok for the french gov. to take piss in Apple's cereals? Everybody else isn't making the slightest effort so the gov must run amok in the free market to compensate Apple's sore losing competitors?

Apple doesn't deserve this. They don't deserve this cheap blow. Government should punish monopolies. Not corporations, like Apple, who push the envelope.

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RE: This one is a blast
by froussel on Wed 22nd Mar 2006 14:39 in reply to "This one is a blast"
froussel Member since:
2005-08-26

Apple is not really the issue here. While people are mainly talking about iTunes, it is evading the real purpose of the law : force the DRM onto consumers. This law is essentially in the same vein as USA's DMCA and makes it illegal for people to circumvent DRM schemes. Even it said DRM scheme prevents people from exercing their fair use rights (private copy for instance).

The current french government is not socialist. If you even just slightly checked your fact before posting, you would know this. They are abviously not "niaiseux" (stupid) as you would believe since they seem to be successful in pushing a law that has very little popular support.

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